STLtoday: Missouri Senate stands up against forced organ harvesting in China

With just one hour to go before the legislative session ended Friday, the Missouri Senate unanimously voted to pass resolution SCR 28 condemning the atrocity of forced organ extractions from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.

As the Missouri House of Representatives passed a similar resolution last year, the Senate resolution sends another powerful message to the communist regime, demanding an end to this horrific crime on behalf of concerned Missourians. 

For those who have grown up in democratic countries in the west, it might be hard to imagine how the Chinese government could kill its own people on a large scale and extract their organs to sell to transplant patients (wealthy Chinese or foreigners). Many cannot fathom why the communist regime has been attempting to eradicate a peaceful meditation group that follows truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, the three core values of Falun Gong.

To me, this is exactly the difference between a democratic country and a totalitarian regime. Which one you belong to determines whether you are an individual who can express yourself freely, or whether you are merely the asset of the government who has a tight grip on your destiny.

As a Missourian and also a Falun Gong practitioner who escaped from communist China 10 years ago, I am very grateful for the strong support from Missouri state legislators, with special thanks to Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, for sponsoring SCR 28. Passing this resolution not only sends a strong message to the Chinese government to condemn their human rights abuses, but it is also a statement about who we are as Missourians, what our values are, and what we will continue standing up for.

Michelle Ding  •  St. Louis County

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